Barbecue ribs with a smoky rauchbier. A melon salad with a dark doppelbock. The folks behind Get Real Presents specialize in pairings like these, sharing the joys of craft beer and delicious, locally-sourced foods. In this spirit, its team of foodies and beer aficionados hosts festivals featuring more than 80 brews, as well as restaurant events that pair craft beer with regional foods. As unique as it sounds, they admit this isn't exactly a new idea—they take a page from other countries, such as Belgium, who actually anchor much of their cuisine around the effervescent beverage. Following this "cuisine a la biere" model, they aim to highlight all of the great things a freshly crafted brew can do to enhance an evening out on the town, such as highlighting the flavors of a complementary dish, spicing up a local chef's stew, or softening your dad to the idea of paying off all of your student loans.
Hampton Luxury Liner transports its passengers around in a lavish motorcoach that boasts five flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and an on-bus library. The luxury buses travel to destinations ranging from the Hamptons to Atlantic City, with specific stops at wineries, resorts, and casinos. Reclining leather seats with space for laptops and maximum leg extension typify the cushy interior, and each road cruiser also comes equipped with a library and refrigerator, useful for storing steaks to distract the thousands of chasing dogs such a luxurious bus usually attracts.
The inaugural Gold Coast International Film Festival bursts onto the celluloid-slinging scene with screenings of 45 feature-length films and 20 short films, including debut movies never before seen by ocular orbits. The festival's roster of films populates a broadsheet with comedies, dramas, documentaries, and Andy Warhol’s Burger King training videos. Bolster ab muscles with laugh-a-minutes including The Best and the Brightest, which follows a yuppie couple, played by Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Sedaris, as they tread lightly through the human-infested waters of private-kindergarten enrollment. Festival-goers learn something new without purchasing an abacus or getting abducted by college professors thanks to immersing documentaries such as Fambul Tok, which chronicles the lives of Sierra Leone residents as they emerge from a brutal civil war. Short films, shown both independently and in groupings, boil life down to its most essential elements in installments that are easily consumed and long ruminated upon.
iAdventure sends urbanites on a variety of excursions in and around the Big Apple, inspiring them to branch out and try new experiences in the do, see, eat, and drink categories. The organizers draw from a variety of interests and a large pool of connections, allowing them to orchestrate outings ranging from walking tours of millionaires' homes to mixology boot camps. Many of iAdventure's events focus on helping out charitable causes or celebrating lesser-known holidays, such as Bastille Day.
The guides at Great Food Tours have teeth so sweet it's amazing they don't dissolve in coffee. Maybe that's why they display such an affinity for dessert-themed city tours. The dark-chocolate underbellies of New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., New Orleans, London, and Paris expose themselves in cocoa-themed tours across the globe. A few of these renowned culinary cities also offer ambulatory tastings of a different sort. Visitors in New York can go on a voyage into Italian food, and a food tour of London dispels undeserved stereotypes with a lineup of English cheeses, hearty pub fare, and a classic platter of fish and chips. Through Great Food Tours, taste buds get in on the vacation spirit, and maybe get upgraded to taste best friends.
From 8 a.m. to 4 a.m., virtually every square foot of Resort World Casino New York City is blinking, buzzing and spinning with more than 5,000 cutting-edge video slot machines and table games. In search of Lady Luck, folks sidle up to baccarat and craps tables, and place bets during games of European single-zero roulette. The sprawling, three-story complex also hosts live music events, featuring tribute bands each Wednesday that cover standards by artists such as Billy Joel, Elton John, and Pat Benatar.
Between games, guests can refill at the complex's food courts, which includes eateries such as Popeyes, Cups N' Cones, and Subway. Patrons looking for fine dining can nosh beef and seafood in the intimate lounge of RW Prime restaurant or unwind with drinks at Bar 360.